Maritime Museum of Ílhavo, located in Aveiro district (Portugal), is a Museum, an aquarium and an investigation center.

The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo was founded on 8th August 1937.

In 2001 it was renovated and expanded and it was moved to the current building.

On that same year, “Navio Museu Santo André” (Santo André Ship Museum) became an extension of the Ílhavo Maritime Museum.

In 2012, it was created an investigation center in the museum, the CIEMar-Ílhavo.

One year later, as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the museum, a codfish aquarium was inaugurated.

Codfish aquarium

Codfish aquarium

Six permanent expositions:
Fishing room: dedicated to the line cod fishing during the 19th and the 20th centuries.

Aveiro lagoon room: exhibition of 10 traditional boats.

Room of shells and algae: extensive collection of shells, donated by the French Pierre Delpeut, in 1965, and collection of algae organized by Américo Teles, the Museum founder.

Sea room: dedicated to the people of Ílhavo and their relation to the sea.

Art room: exposition of the museum’s art collection, composed of sculptures, paintings and drawings.

Codfish aquarium: exposition dedicated to Gadus morhua, the Atlantic cod, widely consumed by the Portuguese people.


Santo André Ship Museum

Codfish aquarium
Water capacity: 120m3
Water average temperature: 12 ºC

Santo André Ship Museum
Santo André Ship, built in 1948, was part of the Portuguese cod-fleet.

It had a hold capacity of more than 1000 tons of fish.

Due to the restrictions concerning overseas fishing which led to a severe reduction of the fleet, Santo André Ship was dismantled in 1997.

Nowadays, it is anchored in the Oudinot garden pier, in Gafanha da Nazaré, and it portrays the art of codfish trawl fishing.

Tourist information

Opening hours:
March to September:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 – 18h00
Sunday: 14h00 – 18h00
October to February:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10h00 – 18h00

phone: +351 234 329 990

Entrance fee: 5€ adults
Discount for youngster, seniors, students and families (Check on the website)

GPS: 40.6043128407 -8.66611608858


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